The Chicago Cubs announced on Sunday afternoon that infielder Jeff Baker has been traded to the Detroit Tigers for two players to be named later. This came on the heels of the Cubs making a couple of other roster transactions that included calling up third baseman Josh Vitters and outfielder Brett Jackson.
Baker has been a versatile player for the Cubs since joining the team in 2009, having played first, second and third base and the outfield. This season, Baker is hitting .269/.306/.448 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games. In his four-year career with the Cubs, Baker's triple-slash line is .280/.326/.421 with 15 home runs and 85 RBI over 283 games.
On July 2, 2009, the Cubs traded Al Alburquerque to the Colorado Rockies for Jeff Baker. Alburquerque never made it with the Rockies, but he reached the majors in 2011 with the Tigers. However, injury has prevented him from playing yet this season.